Hey you. Yeah, you. Chances are, the FBI has been spying on you.
I’m not just saying that. You see, people who read Irregular Times have often pointed us to stories at Indymedia to help us understand developments in the world that mainstream media just won’t cover. This means that a number of Irregular Times readers are also Indymedia readers. And if you’re an Indymedia reader, the U.S. Government wants to keep track of you.
EFF has the story: earlier this year, the FBI demanded without a search warrant that Indymedia deliver “all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us” along with all other identifying information for visitors to the left-wing alternative news website. Along with this demand (the actual words used by the FBI were “YOU ARE COMMANDED”) came a gag order: “You are not to disclose the existence of this request.”
Well, in anticipation of such moves by the Indymedia had purged its IP logs, meaning that the government’s request was stymied. Indymedia fought back against the gag order too, eventually getting the government to back off so the story of FBI bullying, warrantless surveillance tactics against left-wing organizers could be told.